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It’s okay to talk about money. At least it is on this show. SuChin Pak searches for answers about why money is so universally thrilling, confusing, powerful, and stressful — no matter how much, or how little, you have. Created in partnership with Umpqua Bank, the West Coast’s largest, and most unconventional, community bank.




Up From the Ashes: Bryan Clay

Bryan Clay trains hard, and works hard. It's what earned him a gold medal at the Olympics, and the title of "Greatest Athlete in the World." But his training only prepared him to win – it didn't teach him to deal with failure. That’s something he had to learn on his own. With no coach. No spotlight. And no money.

Duration: 00:33:01

Dollars and Dreamers: Megan Jasper

For most people, money is impossible to escape. But Megan Jasper is not ‘most people.’ She’s the CEO of SubPop Records and one of those rare people who put her dreams before dollars. And in the process, saved one of music’s most iconic record labels.

Duration: 00:32:36

The Family Secret

Three siblings discuss why people sometimes hide money troubles from loved ones. The story revolves around their family business and mother—who hid their father’s gambling addiction from them for 30+ years, only to “confess” when the family was on the verge of bankruptcy. Their tale begs the question: Can you ever go too far to protect the ones you care about?

Duration: 00:33:22

You Say You Want A Revolution: Nancy Pfund & Team Diva

Nancy Pfund is the mind behind the money of Tesla and Pandora. She’s a venture capitalist with a vision for change, just like Kim Colaprete and Chavi Hohm—the bombastic personalities behind Team Diva, one of Seattle’s most progressive real estate groups. Nancy and Team Diva have never met, but they’re both changing how we think about money and define profit. And they’re part of a movement that is ready for revolution.

Duration: 00:34:02

For What It's Worth: Bradley Paul

Bradley Paul’s words are money. He's written for some of Hollywood’s best television studios, and his credits include AMC’s hit drama "Better Call Saul" and the upcoming "Lodge 49." But is he getting paid what he’s worth? This is the question we pose to a poet and writer who went from a cash-strapped childhood in Baltimore to a career in Hollywood, but almost gave up along the way.

Duration: 00:32:17

How about Breaking the Cycle: Dr. Donna Beegle

Dr. Donna Beegle is the founder of a consulting firm that works to break the cycle of poverty in America. Here, Dr. Beegle talks about her uncommon life as migrant-worker, welfare-recipient and homeless mother. She discusses how our economic future may not rest in the hands of experts with money, but in the untapped genius of those without.

Duration: 00:32:24

Redefining Success: Neal Gabler on the Secret Shame of the Middle Class

Neal Gabler's cover story about the hidden financial struggles of the middle class sparked a firestorm of attention. Here, we talk with him about the personal story behind his revolutionary confessional, and how it feels to live the truth.

Duration: 00:29:35

Emotional Investment : Small Businesses & Startups Take Guts

In this episode, we interview a chef, an author, two designers and artists married with a newborn, and the founder of a radically different cleaning company about the emotions that shape their businesses and experiences.

Duration: 00:36:24

Get Schooled: Kids & Money

In this episode, we handed the mic over to kids from 5 to 9 years old to discuss the role of money in their lives, and in their imaginations.

Duration: 00:28:03

Practical Dreamers : Immigration & Financial Assimilation

Cultural integration isn't synonymous with financial integration. In this three-act story, we hear about how to survive -- and thrive -- in our vibrant, complicated and sometimes inscrutable American economy as an immigrant.

Duration: 00:39:48

Will Work For Work : Ravi Patel & Lena Waithe

SuChin Pak talks with Lena Waithe & Ravi Patel about first paychecks, the art of negotiating, personal branding and what matters way more than money.

Duration: 00:34:10

Independence Day : Divorce, Finance & Friendship

Married young with two kids, Margaret and Leif Jacobsen navigated different class backgrounds and a mixed-race relationship in the pursuit of a life together. When they decided to divorce, a true friendship emerged from the ashes.

Duration: 00:32:21

In The Face of No-Matter-What

Reese May is an Iraq veteran and financial literacy advocate for survivors of natural disaster. He talks to SuChin Pak about how to make a living from a life of service. For more inspirational stories, visit

Duration: 00:19:46

Making Marriage (And Money)

Young couple and business ownersSam Huff and Meghan Wright talk about navigating different backgrounds in pursuit if their dreams, blowing through their budget, and the incredible power of wine and Excel spreadsheets. For more inspirational...

Duration: 00:36:55

The Power of No

Eddie Huang -- comedian, author, chef and cultural firecracker -- talks to SuChin about how to stay true to yourself when you set out to make a living. For more inspirational stories, visit

Duration: 00:34:06

Thank You Cake

SNL writer, actress and producer Paula Pell -- flying her flag in a new territory of creative ownership and power -- explains how to not talk yourself out of money. For more inspirational stories, visit

Duration: 00:31:52

Who Among Them Are Happy?

Baratunde Thurston — comedian, coder, huge-hearted digital innovator, and new supervising producer for The Daily Show — talks about the pursuit of joy (and money), his courageous and wild mom, and what it means when you affix your...

Duration: 00:33:41

In The Family

23 year old pro basketball player Meyers Leonard talks with SuChin Pak about transitioning from a childhood of mutual aid and dire need, to living with a pot of the gold at the end of a professional sports draft pick rainbow --family, marriage,...

Duration: 00:28:49